BASKETBALL: ELLESMERE Port's basketball success at all levels continued on Sunday as Metros completed their season with a double by adding the Handicap Cup to their North Wales League title.
While readers will be well aware of the achievements of the Panthers and Jets, Metros, who have been playing since the 1980s, are also a basketball institution in the town.
Based at Ellesmere Port Catholic High and using a mainly veteran squad of players from all walks of life, including the only female in the league, they are one of the most diverse teams in the area.
Their roster includes Jets founder and now tennis coach Mal Jones, 56-year-old dairy farmer Roger Dutton, current Jets manager Andy Green and lone lady baller, Liz Potter.
Also in the side are Carl Griffiths, Phil Monahan, Craig Jones, Neil Iggleston, Keith Anderson, Sunday's MVP Dave O'Brien, and player-coach Mal Cooke, who was named the division's coach of the year.
Metros, who are Division Two champions, faced a younger and quicker Wirral Hornets side, who are Division One title holders, in Sunday's final at Plas Newi, Wrexham.
The handicapping system gave Metros a 52-9 start and ensured that the game was fast and furious from the start as Hornets attempted to jump on their opponents to cut the deficit.
Metros' lead had been reduced by 10 points at the end of the first quarter but they were up 94-69 at half-time.
As Metros' legs grew wearier, their youthful opponents grew ever closer and the sides went into the final quarter with Hornets 105-88 down.
With just two minutes to go, the advantage was down to just a single point but a magnificent three-pointer from Craig Jones and foul shot from Mal Jones enabled the 'Golden Oldies' to hold out for a 116-113 victory against the odds.
Although Jones, the top scorer in all three divisions, had been running rings around players half his age, the physical nature of the final left him nursing a jarred back and Metros were beaten when the sides met for the second time on the day in the Charity Cup.
Metros want to thank Mike Burton for refereeing their matches and for his continued support and assistance this season.